Christopher Bevan is an award winning and Royal Television Society nominated filmmaker who has worked on a wide range of films including features, shorts, commercials and promos and documentaries. He has gained a wealth of experience over ten years of film making across the UK, with his films being screened at festivals both in the UK and abroad. Christopher directed the award winning short Caught in the Headlights (2012), which picked up the best picture and audience awards at the Transitions Derby Showcase. After graduating with a BA Hons 1st Class in Film & Video Production, he completed work on the pilot episode of the comedy sitcom Jobseekers in the summer of 2013, followed by short Love & Other Chairs (2014), which received Grand Prix at the In Short Film Festival along with several nominations and selections on the festival circuit. His 2015 commercial for Mackney Photography's 'POP' series of superhero themed children's portraits was nominated by the Royal Television Society Midlands Awards in 2016 for Best Promotional Programme.
Christopher's narrative short film work has continued with post-apocalyptic short Hollow Men (2016) and sci-fi short Transcended (2016) launched online in early 2016 and he is actively developing a slate of feature and short films, most recently completing Make Do Or Mend (2018), an entry for the Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge. Currently in production is The Other (2019), his latest collaboration with producer Belinda Basson of Dreamfusion Productions. A short, ambitious thriller written by Ben Errington and starring Adam Horvath, the film is due for release in 2019.
Past clients he has directed commercial work for include Network Rail and The Samaritans, and the short drama he was commissioned to direct called Signals (2014) was nominated for Best Fictional Television Programme at the RTS Midlands Awards in 2015. Much of his additional work has focused on social issues and charitable causes, directing documentaries for Derby QUAD’s Shine A Light scheme, Breast Cancer Research and the St. George’s Knights power chair football team. In early 2017 he completed work on a comissioned documentary for Junction Arts, a participatory arts organisation based in Derbyshire celebrating it's 40th anniversary. The film was nominated for Factual Programme of the Year at the RTS Midlands Awards 2017. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and backed by local council authorities and Arts Council England, and toured around Derbyshire at special events throughout the spring and summer of 2017.
In 2015 Christopher was selected by Creative England to participate in their Talent Modules run in conjunction with Flatpack in Birmingham for up-and-coming Midlands-based filmmakers. His past work has also earned him recognition from the BFI-supported National Youth Film Academy, which as a director invited him to become a member of this prestigious organisation. He has successfully crowd funded two short films on IndieGoGo over the past few years, bringing in over 100% of the target on both campaigns and building the support base for YSP Media in the process.
Christopher has also spent time working as an assistant director on shorts and features, most notably taking on the role of 2nd AD on Still (2015) directed by Simon Blake and starring Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Elodie Yung (Daredevil). These roles involved working at the core of the production team and closely with the directing team, providing him with a keen insight into the inner workings of an independent feature production and arming him with the knowledge to ably tackle his own feature film as director.
Bill Kubiak (Executive Producer, Caught in the Headlights)
"Over the past few years I have watched Chris grow into a fine Director. He is a professional who is always well prepared. He is very passionate about his projects and is an excellent collaborator. I'm looking forward to working with him again in the near future."
Mark Drake (Actor, Love & Other Chairs, Jobseekers)
"Having worked on several projects now with Christopher I would not hesitate to recommend him as a director to any company or producer, as well as any actors. He is a consumate professional, meticulous in his research and preparation for projects and a pleasure to work with. He is always available to discuss ideas and means of approach, articulate in explaining his ideas and his passion for his work is very infectious and a highly motivating factor in my continuing to work with him. All in all a pleasure and a privilege to work with and for"
Charlotte Price (Make Up Artist, Jobseekers)
"Christopher is one of the most talented, professional and friendly directors I have ever worked with. He directs clearly and calmly. Christopher is also a brilliant problem solver and extremely organised. We have worked together on a few projects and I always enjoy working with him and hope to again in the future as it's always a pleasure."
Louise Lynch (Producer, Plus One (w/National Youth Film Academy)
"Chris is an excellent team member and has strong leadership skills. Working with Chris is always a creative and enriching process and he puts considerable effort into achieving high quality results that leave his clients, audiences and collaborators inspired. I would recommend him to lead film making projects in the future."
Benjamin Hodge (Sound Designer, Caught in the Headlights, Love & Other Chairs)
"An excellent director and producer. One of the most professional and approachable film makers I have ever worked with."
Andrew Thelwell (Client, Ellesmere College Marketing)
"I have worked with Chris on a number of occasions and will continue to work with him in the future. His enthusiasm, accurate delivery and creativity always brings something unique and worthwhile to the table. His recent work has been outstanding and I have no hesitation in providing this recommendation."
Luke Kondor (Writer, Love & Other Chairs)
"Chris is everything you need in a director. A real people person. He's got a unique ability to unite people together to work towards a common goal."
Malcolm Davies (Actor, Network Rail 'Signals')
"I had the pleasure of recently working with Chris for a couple of days in Nottingham. The communication from Chris up to the point of shooting had been great and I had a clear understanding what was expected from me. Any concerns about my scenes were quickly put to rest by Chris and his crew who I not only found extremely professional and hardworking but also relaxed in their demeanour. I learnt a great deal over the two days and hope to work with Chris again soon."
John Whall (Client, Participation Curator, Derby QUAD)
"Chris directed a behind the scenes ‘making of’ film for the Shine a Light project here at QUAD. The film followed the transformation of a local LGBT and Human Rights group, whose passion was the treatment of the LGBT community within care homes. Chris both demonstrated a respect and delicate portrayal the group, while also producing a well-crafted documentary film representing the reasoning behind the Shine a Light Project: to make visible the passions and interests of those over 60. His professionalism, approach and skill resulted in an extremely moving and honest film, which accurately represented the project, as well as the group themselves."
Jane Wells (Client, Project Coordinator, Junction Arts)
“From start to finish it has been a pleasure working with Chris and he produced a film for Junction Arts that perfectly met our brief. Chris always found the time to discuss the commission with the staff team and his skills and experience helped to shape the finished product. He thoroughly researched the organisation to gain an understanding of our history and our ethos and gave over and above in terms of enthusiasm and professionalism. Chris was required to carry out a series of face to face interviews and his excellent communication skills proved to be invaluable in getting the best from people. We are proud to share the JA40 film.”
Ideas Tap (Short Film Fund Pitch)
"Chris had a really good understanding of the script and themes, and the father and son relationship in the script. We are confident he could work with actors and children. He was passionate and enthusiastic and we like the fact he pushes himself in his filmmaking."